How will Emma and Ray solve the difficult situation they found themselves in at the end of Volume 7?

Will their unnamed guide offer some help? Or will they have to find the solution themselves?

Emma and Ray in action

It turned out being the latter.

They had to find the solution themselves and it turned out successful – they realized that the demons die when they are hit in their eye. Their unnamed guide, however, is still convinced Emma and Ray are going to die soon. He will make that happen himself even if the demons won’t be able to. He even decided which of the kids he will let die. It turned out to be Emma, who a bit later on tried to make him open up to her and Ray, which he refused to do.

The unnamed guide has been suffering. It must have been hard. But it doesn’t seem that the children can do anything to change his attitude, so its better to just give up on that for now. I’m sure some things we found out later on will change his attitude anyway.

Emma got… Isekai’d?

Nah she didn’t. But she had one of those “Where am I?” moments once she woke up in a completely different surrounding than where she just was. The last thing she remembered before that was Ray’s voice while being taken away by… something.

This was real hype and excitement. Emma on her own not knowing where she is or why. It turns out she was taken to A08-63. How convenient. It’s the next Minerva checkpoint. Surely there is gonna be something good right? But first she needs to find out what actually is this place. Could it possibly even be the human side of the world? Or a new human farm? These were my guesses while reading.

Note how it said “Use your pen” on her left hand. I kind of doubt Emma was the one writing that. But who did it then?

Anyway what A08-63, or Goldy Pond turned out to be is a secret human garden. A secret playground for the demons where they hunt the children every three days.

Hunter x Hunter vibes

I’m starting to get some Hunter x Hunter vibes here. Which can only be a good thing.

The way they are trying to reach William Minerva – it’s kind of like Gon and Killua trying to reach Ging, isn’t it? But also, Emma, Ray, Killua and Gon are roughly the same age. And at their age they are already using weapons. During the hunter exam, Gon was aiming to steal the number plate of a much stronger opponent, Hisoka, and he succeeded. Similarly, Emma was targeting the eye of a much stronger opponent, a demon, and she was successful too.

And speaking of Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter, another thing reminding me of HxH was the demon that saw Emma as a chance for some fun. He decided to delay killing her, cause giving her more time would make her even sweeter. Doesn’t that remind you of a certain character that was waiting for Gon and Killua to grow before getting more serious with them?

The final thing that adds to all the Hunter x Hunter vibes is more related to the anime, but Killua and Ray have the same voice actor ofcourse. Which feels fitting.

Goldy Pond

Back to the manga stuff. Emma survived the demon hunt, but some of the new kids she met didn’t. The first person she talked to since coming to Goldy Pond, Violet, really reminded me of Norman at first.

I did not expect to see something like this in The Promised Neverland, but Violet is actually a “trap”. Her group of friends are from the high quality farm Grand Valley. They know the truth and they want to do everything they can to close the demon playground Goldy Pond. But how did they find out the truth?

Remember how I said certain things will change the unnamed guide’s attitude? Well this is what I meant by that. They found out the truth via Lucas. Yeah, that Lucas from the unnamed man’s traumas. He is dead for everyone else except Violet’s group of friends. And this is where Emma found out the clue related to William Minerva. Lucas found a door with his symbol, and it can only be opened with the pen.

What are they going to find behind those doors that Lucas has wanted to open for years?

Conclusion

I think that was my favorite The Promised Neverland Volume from the ones I covered. Loads of intriguing and exciting stuff. And it can only get better.

Who or what brought Emma to Goldy Pond? Similarly, who or what wrote on her hand that she should use the pen? What is behind those doors? So many things I’m dying to know.

 

Have you read Volume 8 of The Promised Neverland? If so, feel free to discuss it in the comments! 😉

Here are my previous The Promised Neverland Volume reviews if you are interested!

Volume 5.

Volume 6.

Volume 7.

 

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Anime OVAs are often the more lighthearted and fanservice packed episodes.

But they can also be great additions to the main story – they can provide interesting backstories, a better closure for the story or a more in-depth experience of the story.

Here are my five favorite OVA episodes. I didn’t rank the picks because I realized its actually quite hard to do it xD

Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumu (MAL link)

The Bungou Stray Dogs OVA gives us a certain important detail we haven’t found out in the main story. This alone makes it stand out from the common lighthearted OVA episodes.

Kunikida is trying to go with his day as he planned, with Dazai trying to ruin that for him.

A very well-made episode that expands on Kunikida’s character and makes you appreciate him more.

Steins;Gate Oukoubakko no Poriomania (MAL link)

After the thrilling and emotional experience of Steins;Gate, this was a refreshing and fun way to expand on the story.

And it introduced some Steins;Gate 0 characters along the way.

Steins;Gate 0 also had an OVA, but it was much less related to the main story, which kind of left me dissapointed.

Shirobako Specials (MAL link)

P.A. Works really made two one off episodes of two different anime for the OVA of their anime about making anime.

It just makes the whole Shirobako experience even better.

You get the feeling as if Musashino Animation really does exist – they even wrote the names of the Shirobako characters in the ending credits.

And the episodes themselves are more than decent quality to say the least – especially the “Third Aerial Girls Squad” one.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Specials (MAL link)

The Fullmetal Alchemist OVA gave some great backstory content. It’s definitely not one of those OVAs you can skip without missing anything too significant.

Roy Mustang is my favorite character of the series, so it may give you an idea on which episode of this OVA I enjoyed the most.

Gabriel Dropout OVA (MAL link)

Gabriel Dropout provided some great fun with 4 memorable characters.

But it never really had any emotional moments, as you would expect from an anime of its kind.

That was until I saw the OVA. The feels the second episode has provided was just something I did not expect from Gabriel Dropout.

This is the only OVA on the list that actually has a higher MAL rating than its “main” anime and I think I understand why.

 

Are you surprised with my picks? Am I missing out on an OVA that you really love? Let me know in the comments!

The children of Grace Field have finally reached the B06-32 which turned out to be a human shelter.

Is the man awaiting for them William Minerva?

I expressed my doubts about it in my Volume 6 post and it turns out I was right.

Unnamed man

The mysterious man in the human shelter is not William Minerva. But it turns out he also has a past of escaping human farms.

But unlike the Grace Field group, his siblings didn’t survive the escape. This man was the only remaining survivor. And he stayed in the human shelter, where he seemingly lived for 13 years now.

Seeing the Grace Field children only gave him negative emotions. This even led him to try shooting Emma, but luckily for the orphans some of his past traumas still seem to haunt him.

I keep referring to him simply as “man” because he refuses to give the children his name. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with the children and just wants to see them leave.

You can hardly call him a likeable character. But I guess that’s how you would end up being if you live in a hideout for 13 years as the only survivor left from your family.

And to add to that, it looks like some of his decisions were to blame for the events.

I won’t defend someone that basically wants to kill an entire group of children because of his past traumas, but I can’t say its surprising that he behaves that way.

A place to live

The B06-32 human shelter is a surprisingly good place to live in.

Apparantly the food supplies are limited, but I do wonder how is the food still edible after at least 13 years now.

Sure there is also a garden but there are also things like cookies and premade soup. Surely there is no way to refill those supplies or is there?

The shelter has a bathtub and hot water too. I can imagine it would be a great feeling to use that after a week without hot water.

Ofcourse, Ray and Emma were using their time at the shelter efficiently. But the books they found were outtdated.

There was a new letter from Minerva tho. It leads them to another point, this time A08-63.

How many more checkpoints are there going to be until they finally meet Minerva?

Bold deal

The unnamed man was tied and locked by the children but he managed to find a way out, and he planned to kill the group with a knife.

Until Emma cornered him into making a deal with the group.

Luckily, they found an emergency detonator. Unless the man wants his shelter to be blown off, he has no choice but to go with their deal.

The deal is for him to go to A08-63 with Emma and Ray as their guide.

He accepted but before leaving they went to a secret armory to grab some weapons.

To be as light as possible, Ray took one gun and Emma took a pistol along with her bow and arrows.

Hellish journey

In order to reach the destination in the shortest time possible, Ray, Emma and the unnamed guide have to cross a forest full of wild man eaters.

Emma wasn’t catious enough and had a really close encounter with one of the demons.

When it was time to shoot, she hesitated, but their guide shot the demon instead.

This part left me confused. For a second I thought someone really just got killed there. But looking at it now, it was probably just a flashback from the unnamed guide.

While shooting the demon may have looked like a favour, it turned out to have the opposite effect. The man didn’t kill the man-eater.

Instead he waited purposely for it to regenerate and call its “allies”. Suddenly a whole bunch of scary man-eaters appeared.

Surely two children who never used guns before will have a tough time handling this.

Conclusion

A fantastic buildup for what’s to come. We are in for a threat.

Not only do the children have to face demons but their “guide” isn’t exactly a thrustworthy person. He intends to kill at least one of the two.

Gilda took the initiative once again. Her development recently is clear. Good for the group, because they cannot always rely on Ray and Emma.

Will the next volume finally feature William Minerva himself? Or what about Norman? Thinking about it, remember that William Minerva “alter-ego” picture from Volume 6?

Doesn’t it resemble Norman’s outfit from Episode 10? I can’t help but wonder…

Damn it really looks the same…

In any case I’m off to Volume 8. Things are really gonna get exciting now 😀

As always, leave your thoughts on this Volume of The Promised Neverland in the comments below. And if you want to read my previous two Volume reviews, Volume 5 is here, and Volume 6 here.

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Usually you start a new anime because the story looks promising, you like the way it looks, you’ve seen the PV and it seems worth watching.

Maybe you saw a lot of positive comments on the anime. Maybe someone called it a good match with another anime you love or someone whose opinion you find valuable recommended you the anime.

My point is, there are many ways you can get interested in watching an anime. But even so, sometimes you just… start something without knowing why you did it.

Maybe you were simply bored and you wanted to try out something unusual. Maybe you couldn’t resist the cuteness of that one character so you started a new anime just because of them.

Or maybe, you started it for the plot. Yeah, that kind of plot.

Actually all of those are legitimate reasons to start an anime. Even boredom. But I guess they could be called “random reasons”. At least for the sake of this post.

Harukana Receive (MAL link)

Yet again Harukana Receive is a part of a list that I’m making. Most recently it was among the MAL scores I would change.

Now it’s among things I randomly started. It was a summer day and I guess you could say I was kind of bored. I saw screenshots of the anime before.

Despite never really caring about volleyball, nor actually being a huge fan of sports anime in general, I started watching Harukana Receive.

For sure, what probably made me want to watch it was the eyecandy, I’m not gonna lie. But it turned out to be quite a good watch for more reasons than just eyecandy.

Came for the fanservice, stayed for the fanservice AND an interesting enough story, good character dynamics and fantastic music.

Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu (MAL link)

Another Summer 2018 anime here.

I can’t really recall why I started this. I think I just felt like watching a trash Isekai.

It sure was trash. And even if I shamelessly love some good fanservice at times, this anime had a bit too much of it for me.

Still, I could have ended up watching a worse show than this. If it was truly awful, I’m sure I would never be able to finish it.

Konohana Kitan (MAL link)

Ahh, Fall 2017 – my first ever time following seasonal anime.

Watching Konohana Kitan truly was random. I really can’t remember why I started it, and I can’t really think of reasons why I thought I should start it at the time.

But I don’t think it was a bad decision. Nothing wrong about fox girls doing cute things at an inn.

And spoiler alert, it even had the element of time travel. I remember the pleasant surprise of seeing that. It was a great final episode.

Having just finished Hanasaku Iroha, I could even think of rewatching this.

Oshiete! Galko-chan (MAL link)

Oshite! Galko-chan is another anime from this list that I watched in Summer 2018.

The reason I started it? The all-important plot, I think.

Still it was very good, and not simply for those reasons. I remember the final episode was unexpectedly wholesome.

I wouldnt mind another season of this.

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (MAL link)

Exactly this time last year I randomly started watching Rokudenashi.

I think I was in search of an easy thing to watch that wouldn’t take more than 12 episodes. I also liked the design of a character I saw from this anime.

Looking at the synopsis got me interested enough and I watched it.

The anime had its fun moments and good eyecandy but it did fell a bit flat in the last few episodes.

 

Can you think of any anime you started for the unusual reasons? I would love to hear from you!

That’s right – part 2.

The first post from this mini “series” that I never actually thought of as a series but maybe really is a series was about cakes. Toradora cakes to be specific.

Then in this post I shared with you some of the drawings I was making for school. Now we are talking about cooking once again and this time its not a dessert.

It’s onigiri.

Onigiri

Onigiri, or rice balls are a simple Japanese food often used as breakfast or in bentos. They are essentially a triangle-shaped ball of rice filled with stuffings.

Usually they are decorated with some nori paper and seeds on top.

I’ve seen them across various anime. Most notably, I can recall Aisaka Taiga making onigiri during the Toradora OVA episode, and Hinata Miyake wearing a T-shirt with an onigiri on it.

While I’m not sure how well Hinata Miyake prepares her onigiri, I remember Aisaka Taiga made them too salty.

Was I able to do better?

Unlike the cake post, this time I actually have a picture.

Previous failures

I actually already tried making onigiri once. It was another one of my “home alone cooking experiements”. I tried doing it with the common rice you can buy in Croatia, and not the sushi rice that is required.

That time I also didn’t have the nori paper, so it lacked the look as well as the taste. And it didn’t really hold together so I ate most of it with the jaw.

But this time I came ready. I had the nori paper, I had the sushi rice. I had the tuna and mayo, one of the most common stuffings.

This was my day for making proper onigiri.

Ryuuji intensifies

Proper attempt

After cooking the rice exactly as it was written, waiting for it to start boiling, then lowering the temperature and leaving closed for 15 minutes…

…a lot of it was left sticking at the bottom of the pot. It left me wondering where did it go wrong. The amount of water was fine as well as timing so really, what was the problem?

My mother said it could be because of the plate. I guess we’ll just leave it at that.

In any case, the rice really tasted great. Its a better rice than the one I usually eat here. Just a shame that it costs significantly more than the “standard” one for these areas.

While the rice was cooking, I mixed the tuna with mayo, chopped a carrot, took out the cheese and “cropped” the nori paper into smaller bits.

An important thing to note is that before using the rice to shape the onigiri, you have to dampen your hands with salted water. Otherwise you are going to get a lot of the rice sticking on your hands.

I didn’t do this the last time, because back then I used a plastic wrap while shaping the rice, which you can also do if you don’t want to shape the rice with your hands directly.

Most of my onigiri were tuna-mayo filled. Once you get your shape, you place a small bit of the nori paper, for decoration but it also works nicely for holding the onigiri.

The nori is an edible part too ofcourse. It has quite a specific flavour but I can’t say I didn’t like it.

500 grams of the rice was enough for 7 onigiri. At the end, I put some flax seeds on them. Usually you would put sesame seeds but I didn’t have those this time.

Conclusion

That was fine and everything but where is the picture? How did it end up looking? Was it worth it? Was it tasty?

There they are. My first ever proper onigiri. Not all of them have that shape but I think it was a good attempt. Would, and will definitely do again. This time with sesame seeds and maybe wasabi because why not?

I already mentioned how the rice was great and the nori had a specific but good taste. Nothing to complain about the fillings either, cause I really love tuna and mayo.

But what I could add is that these things fill up your belly quicker than expected. 2 or 3 are more than enough as a meal after a soup.

Now I’d really like to try making them with more fillings, preferably Japanese specific. Or maybe next time I could try my hand at sushi. I did also buy those sushi rollers afterall.

If you’ve made onigiri, feel free to tell me how it went in the comments! Or what about other Japanese foods? Share your cooking stories in the comments! 😀

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